Author: Phillip J. Handelson
WhatWhat: Ahmed unluckily gets an erection in the shower, and because the rest of the oil workers know he’s gay they turn him over to Sheikh Al-Jansour for punishment.
Ahmed wanted to cry. He was now certain he’d be lit on fire. He knew some of the people around here did that, and a part of him had always know that’d be his end. He was terrified of the pain of burning alive. (loc 43)
It’s such a vibrant culture.
I find it interesting how “sheikh romances” are a thing (Harlequin/Mills & Boone produce large numbers of them, still, which is weird in itself), yet somehow those books rarely mention that the hero would have to be Muslim, let alone address any of the implications of that. Yet here we are in kindleporn territory, being blunt about the reality before we get down to the fantasy part.
“You are. You are a sodomite as well,” he said. “That is disgusting. It is forbidden in the Koran.” (loc 68)
Of course we’re in eroticaland, where “forbidden” is only an enticement to pleasure. If only we lived there.
As he watched Sheikh Al-Jansour lick, Ahmed was overcome by his own orgasm. His back arched and his dick spasmed inside Al-Jansour’s guts. (loc 145)
Verdict: As with the sheikh romances, I suspect at least some of what’s going on here is rewriting a genuinely terrifying real world situation (in this case, being gay in a Muslim country) so that the power of love (or at least lust) saves the day. There’s something comforting about it, given the way the real world so often disappoints on that front.
This is part of the “Sandswept Oasis” franchise, which is an open license franchise from Eroticature.org, so that these characters and settings can be reused in other authors’ work, if you feel so inclined.